Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ZUCCHINI BOATS



This zucchini preparation is definitely a party dish.. You can serve it with or without the gravy. The dry version can go well with rotis / phulkas..whereas the curry can be served with rice / pulaos



Ingredients:
Zucchinis .. 3 (or as needed) - select slightly curved ones.
Onion ... 1 small (finely chopped)
Green chillies ... 1-2
Kasoori methi .. 1 tbsp
Coriander powder .. 1 tsp
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder .. 1/2 tsp
Tomato puree .. 4 tbsps
Thick coconut milk ... 2 tbsps
Cumin seeds .. 1 tsp
Garlic paste .. 1 tsp
Salt ... to tatse
Oil ... 3 tbsps
Coriander leaves .. to garnish
Red pepper strips .. for garnishing (to make oars)

Method:
1. Wash the zucchinis well and wipe with a kitchen towel.
2. Cut a long and curved strip on top of each zucchini.
3. Scoop out the inside portion with the help of a knife. Do not throw this. Chop it very finely and keep it aside for the filling.
4. Now mix together the finely chopped onion, scooped out zucchini portion (chopped very finely), kasoori methi, green chillies, salt and the spice powders.
5. Fill the zucchini boats with this mix. Use as much is required and save the rest to add in the gravy.
6. Place them in a greased baking tray and bake in the oven until the zucchini is done. It takes about 40-45  minutes. Towards the end use the top grill for 5-7 minutes until the colour is brown. ( now this can be served as a side dish with rotis )


For the gravy:
1. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
2. When they crackle, add the garlic paste and saute.
3. Now add the left over chopped vegetable filling and stir fry.
4. Add the tomato puree, little salt and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil.
5. Finally add the coconut milk and stir to mix.
6. Pour the gravy in a shallow serving dish and place the grilled zucchini boats.
7. Garnish and serve.


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EASTER BUNNY BREAD ROLLS


Recently I saw the picture of these Easter Bunny Bread Rolls .. perfect for the season... I thought I'll give it a try. Aren't they cute ???

Ingredients for the dough:

Maida/white flour ........... 2 cups
Fresh yeast ... 1 cube (if using dry yeast-1 tablespoon)
Salt ............ 1 tsp.
Sugar ......... 2 tsp.
Ghee/butter .......... 1 tsp.
Luke warm water for kneading.( you may use milk + water )


Method:
1. Take the flour, make a well in the middle. Put only the sugar and crumble the yeast on top of the sugar.
2. Sprinkle the salt on the side (there should be no contact between the yeast and the salt)
3. Knead the dough using the luke warm water.Add the ghee and knead it well for 2-3 minutes.
4. Cover it and leave it in a warm place till it is risen to double.
(about 15-20 mins. in summer....in winter it takes a little longer)
5. Knead the dough again and make buns.
6. Using scissors give a snip on two sides to make the ears.
7. Pierce with a straw for eyes.
8. Leave them for 5 minutes to rise.
9. Bake them in a pre-heated oven on medium temperature (200 degrees) for
8-10 minutes or until done.

Note: The temperature may vary a few minutes depending on the size and type of the oven.

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BREAD PIZZA



This is a quick and easy snack to prepare when you are short of time. Perfect for kids specially if you cut out the slices in different shapes for them using cookie cutters.


Ingredients:
Bread slices .. as many required.

For the Topping :
Capsicums / Bell peppers .... red & green
Basil leaves .......... 3-4
Cheese .. grated
Dry Basil

For the Sauce:
Tomatoes ... 1-2
Garlic ......... 1 tbsp
Chilli sauce .. 1 tbsp
Tomato ketchup .. 1 tsp
Oregano / basil ... 1 tsp 
Salt ........... to taste
Olive oil .... 2 tbsps

1. Heat oil in a pan and saute the garlic.
2. Add the blanched and chopped tomatoes and simmer to cook.
3.Add the sauces and tempering. Set aside to cool.

Method:

1. Cut the capsicums and freash basil leaves into fine pieces.

2. Cut out the desired shape from the bread slices. I have just cut rounds. If you are making for kids they would love different shapes.

3. Spread a spoonful of the prepared sauce on each slice.

4. Spread the chopped capsicums and basil leaves.

5. Top the slices with grated cheese and sprinkle a little dry basil.
6. Grill them and serve hot.

The cuttings from the bread can be used to make :
Seyala Bread

Masala Bread



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ROTI NOODLES WITH CHICKEN


This is a kind of fusion dish I would say and a nice way of using the left over rotis.... a slight variation from the usual roti upmas and masala rotis. Just roll the rotis and cut them into thin strips. Make use of any vegetables or chicken that you prefer and just toss them in a sauce pan with a simple tempering and marination. A tasty fusion dish is ready in a jiffy.


Ingredients:
Chicken (boneless)... 100gms (optional)
Rotis ...... 3-4
Red capsicum / bell pepper ... as needed
Green capsicum / bell pepper .. as needed
Carrot ...... half
Spring onions ... 2 sprigs
Garlic paste ... 1 tsp
Soy sauce .. 2 -3 tsps
Chilli sauce .. 2 tsps
Salt .. to taste
Oil .. 2 tbsps


Method:
1. Cut the chicken into thin strips and marinate with a little soy sauce and garlic paste.
2. Roll the rotis and cut them into long strips.
3. Cut the bell peppers and carrot into thin juliennes.
4. In a pan, heat the oil and stir fry the marinated chicken strips.
5. Now add the vegetables and saute a little. The vegetables should not be overcooked. Keep them crunchy.
6. Tip in the roti strips and add a little salt, say and chilli sauces.
7. Add the chopped spring onions. Stir well to mix.
Serve hot.

Note :You may also add any other vegetables of your choice, scrambled eggs to replace the chicken... or make them just veg.




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APPLE & KIWI TARTS ( Eggless )


I had some left over apple and kiwi halwa. I made these little tarts and used it for filling. They tasted better than eating the halwa by itself. 

Ingredients for Halwa :
Apples .... 2
Kiwis ..... 2
Sugar ..... 1/2 cup ( you can increase or reduce the quantity according to your taste )
Cardamom powder ..1/4 tsp
Ghee .... 2-3 tbsps
Nuts ... for garnishing ( you can use cashews / pistachios / almonds )

Method:
1. Peel and grate the apples.
2. Peel the kiwis and remove the seedy part (core). Grind them in a mixie.
3. Heat 2 tbsps ghee and saute the fruits together until the liquid dries up.
4. Add the sugar and cardamom powder and keep stirring until the halwa is thick and gets a shine.

 Ingredients For Tarts:
Flour .. 1 cup
Butter .. 6 tbsps
Sugar ... 2 tbsps
Salt ..... 1/4 tsp ( or little less )


Method:
1. Combine all the ingredients to make a soft dough.
2. Roll out the dough.
3. Grease the tart moulds with removable bottom and sprinkle a little flour.
4. Place the rolled dough over the moulds pressing it gently to form a shape. 
5. Cut out the excess dough from the sides. Prick the tarts all over with a fork.
6. Bake them in a pre-heated oven until golden brown. ( about 12 - 15 mins.)
7. Remove from the oven and let them cool before filling them.
8. Fill with the apple & kiwi halwa and sprinkle a little pistachio powder over it . You can also decorate with a little cherry if you have it.

Note: The baking time may vary according to the size and type of the oven..




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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AESEE SAI BHAJI / NIJJI PALAK



This is another palak preparation in Sindhi Cuisine. Some call it Nijji Palak. Unlike sai bhaji in this we do noy add any dal or vegetables. It is made plain with little onion and garlic tadka.

Ingredients:
Spinach / palak ... 1 bunch
Onion ... 1 small (chopped finely)
Green chillies .. 2-3
Ginger ... 1 tsp (grated)
Garlic... 1 tbsp ( chopped or crushed coarsely for tadka / tempering )
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder ... 1/2 tsp
Salt ........ to taste
Cumin seeds ... 1 tsp
Oil or desi ghee .. 2-3 tbsps



Method:
1. Clean the palak leaves well and cut them
2. In a pan heat oil or ghee and tip in the cumin seeds.
3. When they crackle, add the ginger and green chillies.
4. Now add the onion and saute for a minute.
5. Add the spinach and coriander, turmeric powders. Add salt carefully as this sabzi reduces a lot in quantity.
6. Simmer it to cook. No need to add any water as the spinach leaves water and it will be enough to cook.
7. Once the sabzi is cooked and the water is dried up heat a little ghee in a small pan and saute the crushed garlic and make it golden brown.
8. Mix it to the prepared sabzi and mash a little with the spoon to mix well.
This is usually made in Satai / Satam with mitho lolo. It also goes well with jowar or bajre ki roti.



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PIZZA CUPS


Make these tiny pizza cups for your kids party. The procedure is the same like making pizza .

For the dough:
All purpose flour / maida ....  1 cup

Fresh yeast .................... 1/2  cube (If using dry yeast - 1 tsp )
Sugar ........................... 1 tsp
Salt .............................. 1/4 tsp
Olive oil ................... 2 tbsps


1. Take the flour in a flat vessel . Make a well in the middle and crumble the yeast. Add sugar. The salt and  1 spoon of olive oil should be added on the sides. (The salt should not come in contact with the yeast ).
2.Take luke-warm water and knead the dough starting from the middle portion and gradually mix everything.

3. Using a little more olive oil knead the dough well for 2-3 minutes.

4. Oil a dish and place the dough in it well covered in a warm place to rise. It takes about 20 - 30 minutes. In winters it may take longer.


To make the Sauce
Tomatoes ... 1-2
Garlic ......... 1 tbsp
Chilli sauce .. 1 tbsp
Tomato ketchup .. 1 tsp
Oregano / basil ... 1 tsp
Salt ........... to taste
Olive oil .... 2 tbsps


1. Heat oil in a pan and saute the garlic.
2. Add the blanched and chopped tomatoes and simmer to cook.
3.Add the sauces and tempering. Set aside to cool.

To make the cups:


1. Take the risen dough and knead it well again.
2. Spread a little portion with your fingers and press it in the greased cups.
3. Leave for a few minutes. Half bake the cups in a pre-heated oven.
4. Remove them and let them cool.

To assemble the pizza cups:
Grated cheese
Olives
Capsicums ( you may use any topping you like )


1. Place the pizza cups in a baking tray.
2. Fill them with the prepared sauce and finely chopped capsicums.
3. Spread the grated cheese and place a piece of olive on top.
4. Grill them in a pre-heated oven for 4-5 minutes or until done.

Since the cups are half baked it does not take long.
You can even place them in colourful paper cups for the kids.




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GARLIC BREAD STICKS / FINGERS


I have always been wanting to make these Pizza Hut style garlic bread fingers  at home. These make an excellent snack for kids and can also be relished with soup.

Ingredients for the dough:

Maida/white flour ........... 2 cups
Fresh yeast ... 1 cube (if using dry yeast-1 tablespoon)
Salt ............ 1 tsp.
Sugar ......... 2 tsp.
Ghee/butter .......... 1 tsp.
Luke warm water for kneading.( you may use milk + water )

For sprinkling on top:
Garlic powder
Dried oregano
Salt
Olive oil. OR  ( you can brush with melted butter )

Method:
1. Take the flour, make a well in the middle. Put only the sugar and crumble the yeast on top of the sugar.
2. Sprinkle the salt on the side (there should be no contact between the yeast and the salt)
3. Knead the dough using the luke warm water.Add the ghee and knead it well for 2-3 minutes.
4. Cover it and leave it in a warm place till it is risen to double.
(about 15-20 mins. in summer....in winter it takes a little longer)


5. Grease a baking tray. Make thin bread fingers and line them on the tray.
6. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and dried oregano. Drizzle some olive oil.
7. Set them aside again to rise.


8. Bake in a pre-heated oven. It takes only 5-7 minutes. ( keep checking to get the perfect colour )


                  Enjoy them with a bowl of hot soup!


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